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October 20, 2022

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This class examines the role of science in the US environmental policy-making process

It investigates the methods scientists use to learn about the natural world, the way scientific knowledge accumulates, the treatment of science by advocates and the media, and the role of science in legislative, administrative and judicial decision making. It also considers how other political systems use science in an effort to put the US approach in comparative perspective.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction to the Course Unlimited
    • The Policy Process and the Political Debate Over “Sound Science” Unlimited
    • The Scientific Method and the Production of Scientific Knowledge Unlimited
    • Environmental (Regulatory) Science, Experts, and Expertise Unlimited
    • Environmental Advocacy: Using Science to Define Problems Unlimited
    • Media Coverage of Science and Environmental Risk Unlimited
    • The Public’s Perception of Science and Environmental Risk Unlimited
    • Science in Legislative Decision Making Unlimited
    • Science in Administrative and Judicial Decision Making Unlimited
    • Science in the International Arena Unlimited
    • Advocacy Science vs. Collaborative Science Unlimited
    • Local Knowledge Unlimited
    • Uncertainty, Adaptive Management and the Precautionary Principle Unlimited

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